Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Birdman is a Fun Guy

He's taking Biology this year, and the course starts with the study of single-celled organisms and moves on to stuff like mushrooms and other fungi.
 This is slime mold.

No, I do not know if it is actually slimy.

It looks gross.

 We're not sure what this one is, maybe someone out there can help us?
Some rather delicate-looking mushrooms.

I looked under our hemlock trees where we usually have puffballs, but there aren't any there right now.

He also did an exercise where he had to collect pond water, add different things to the jars, let them 'work' for a few days and then examine the water under a microscope.  We saw lots of little wiggly things - amoebae, paramecia, euglena and some others I can't remember!


  1. ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! GROSS!!!! ...but way cool! :)

  2. I can't decide whether it's more cool, or more gross. Mulch piles are amazing places.....it's a lot of fun to put the chickens on top of it, then take a shovel and turn over a shovelful - any creepy-crawlies in there don't have a chance! (Yes, we are easily amused.)